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Autonomous loaders help mine prepare for expansion while continuing production

To advance a new mine phase without slowing production in a developed seam, an underground mine in Canada turned to technology — retrofitting an existing loader with autonomous technology to allow it to develop the mine ramp without an operator on board.

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Building strong partnerships at Black Thunder coal mine

Arch Coal relies heavily on a fleet of Cat® equipment to maintain the high level of production it needs from its Black Thunder coal mine, which supplies the coal for more than 100 power plants in the United States. To meet that goal, the mine also relies heavily on its partners — like Caterpillar, Cat dealer Wyoming Machinery Company, and equipment solutions provider Ground Force.

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Distant thunder: Ground Force machines at Black Thunder mine

To help support productivity at its Black Thunder mine in Wyoming, Arch Coal worked with Caterpillar OEM Solutions, Ground Force and local Cat dealer Wyoming Machinery to design and support a fleet of fuel & lube and cable reel trucks that are based on Cat bare chassis machines.

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Using technology to understand and address the risk of operator fatigue

Using technology to understand and address the risk of operator fatigue

At its phosphate mine in North Carolina, USA, PotashCorp is leveraging technology to manage the risk of operator fatigue.

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Increasing efficiency, consistency and safety through autonomous dozing

Arch Coal is improving the consistency of its dozing operations at Black Thunder mine in the western United States with the implementation of Cat® MineStar™ Command for dozing.

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Improving operator safety and productivity through technology

Improving operator safety and productivity through technology

Cat MineStar Terrain, a machine guidance and management technology, is helping dozer operators at Cloud Peak Energy’s Cordero Rojo mine work more efficiently and safely.

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Leveraging machine guidance and management technology to improve productivity

Leveraging machine guidance and management technology to improve productivity

Cloud Peak Energy is improving productivity and safety at its Cordero Rojo mine in the western United States through the implementation of Cat® MineStar™ Terrain. 

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Redefining possible: Overcoming obstacles at Detour Lake mine

Redefining possible: Overcoming obstacles at Detour Lake mine

Detour Gold’s plan to turn an abandoned underground mine into a new surface operation was met with a number of obstacles, including difficult geological conditions and low-grade ore.

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Building a mine: From planning and power to machines and support

Building a mine: From planning and power to machines and support

When Stornoway’s Renard diamond mine began its production ramp-up in July 2016, it was ahead of schedule and under budget.

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High availability: An uptime guarantee for Black Thunder mine

High availability: An uptime guarantee for Black Thunder mine

To maintain the high level of production Arch Coal demands from its Black Thunder coal mine, the mine relies heavily on its fleet of Cat trucks.

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Finding a way: Working together to get the right equipment underground

Finding a way: Working together to get the right equipment underground

The U.S. Gypsum mine in Sperry, Iowa, is more than 620 feet underground and accessible only via shaft, which makes getting equipment in the mine a difficult challenge. When it was time for a new loader, U.S. Gypsum turned to local Cat dealer Altorfer, a long-time partner of its surface operation.

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Financing Quebec’s first diamond mine

Financing Quebec’s first diamond mine

When Stornoway’s Renard diamond mine began production in July 2016, it made history — not only as the first diamond mine in Quebec, Canada, but also because of the unique way the project was financed.

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Sharing knowledge: Expertise keeps draglines in action

Sharing knowledge: Expertise keeps draglines in action

Supporting the largest and most efficient machines in the mining industry takes a unique skillset. And Cat dealers around the world are committed to growing their dragline expertise and making investments in tooling, processes and resources to support these critical pieces of equipment.

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building a successful mine and a thriving community

Round Mountain and Cashman Equipment: Working together to build a successful mine and a thriving community

Cat Dealer Cashman Equipment is much more than a service provider to Round Mountain gold mine in Nevada, USA. The dealership and its employees share a special bond not only with mine workers but also with the local community.

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increasing rope shovel productivity

Alpha Coal West partners with Caterpillar to increase rope shovel productivity

In an effort to become more efficient and productive, U.S. mining company Alpha Coal West recently partnered with Caterpillar and Cat dealer Wyoming Machinery to create a new dipper that would improve the pass-match capability of its Cat® 7495 Electric Rope Shovel.

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U.S. mines complete safest year ever: Deaths drop to new lows in 2015

Mines in the United States completed their safest year ever in 2015, recording the fewest fatalities in the history of American mining.

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ISSUE 11: Freeport-McMoRan: Managing fatigue for decades — and continuing to improve

When it comes to mine site safety, international mining company Freeport-McMoRan has been an industry leader for decades. One focus of the company’s safety efforts has been the management of operator fatigue and distraction, helping employees manage the difficult lifestyle of shift work and leveraging technologies and processes to monitor and reduce the risk.

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Taking control underground

ISSUE 11: Taking control underground: Glencore mine takes maintenance to a new level

Glencore’s Nickel Rim South mine is the first underground mine ever to achieve a Caterpillar Certified Five-Star Contamination Control designation.

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Pinnacle mine breaks world record

ISSUE 11: Pinnacle mine breaks world record for plow production

The Cat plow at Pinnacle longwall mine in West Virginia, USA, broke a world record for plow production in 2012 — and again in 2014.

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Women’s coalition shares importance of mining industry with U.S. leaders

Nearly 50 women from the mining industry recently participated in the Women’s Mining Coalition (WMC) fly-in in Washington, D.C., where they helped legislators understand what mining means in terms of jobs and how safety and environmental responsibility are key components of the industry today.

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ISSUE 10: Mining a rich coal seam while managing the impact of operations

Armstrong Energy mines the rich coal seams of the United States’ Ohio River Valley, partnering with local Cat dealer Whayne Supply for equipment and support. The two organizations also share a focus on sustainability — recognizing the impact machines and mining operations have on the environments and communities where they operate.

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ISSUE 10: Two mines. Two seams. One partnership. Cat dealer and customer strengthen relationship in rich coal basin

Armstrong Energy, which operates six surface and six underground coal mines in the rich coal basin of the United States’ Ohio River Valley, recently took delivery of the worlds’ first full fleet of Cat Room and Pillar mining equipment from Cat dealer Whayne Supply. The fleet is now hard at work mining this rich coal seam, with four continuous miners, eight face haulers, roof bolters, feeder breakers and scoops working underground, and belt terminal groups carrying the coal to the surface.

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ISSUE 9: MINExpo’s size and scale are a testament to the industry

Bigger and better than ever. This was the promise made by the National Mining Association (NMA) for what to expect at MINExpo 2012. And the NMA delivered in every possible way.

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ISSUE 9: Leveraging technology in its safety journey: Newmont mine relies on remote dozing to keep operators safe

Like most mining companies, Newmont Mining Corporation considers safe work performance a top priority. In 2009, the company launched its Our Safety Journey program at Newmont sites throughout the world. The program is especially evident at the Phoenix mine in Nevada, which has earned a number of safety awards. The site works with local dealer Cashman Equipment to leverage the latest technologies — such as remote control dozing — to keep people out of harm’s way.

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ISSUE 8: Rebuilding machines deep underground: Cat dealer delivers a maintenance solution for Cargill’s Cayuga salt mine

Cargill Deicing Technology’s Cayuga mine is located 701 meters (2,300 feet) under a lake in New York, USA. Getting parts and machines into the mine can be a challenging endeavor. As the mine sought to improve the performance of its fleet of load-haul-dump loaders, the solution was to perform a Cat Certified Rebuild — without ever removing the machines from their underground home.

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ISSUE 7: High-hour Cat 5130 shovel moves its last coal

After an illustrious career of more than 15 years moving coal and overburden on Texas Westmoreland Coal Company’s Jewett mine, a Cat 5130 hydraulic mining shovel affectionately nicknamed “Boo-One” has been put to rest after 115,863 service meter hours. » Read more

ISSUE 7: Belle Ayr trucks top 8,000 hours: A 93% utilization rate

A mine can only be as productive as its truck fleet; every hour of downtime is production lost. At the Belle Ayr coal mine in Wyoming, Alpha Coal has turned this fact into a way of life by achieving more than 8,000 operating hours per year on their Cat® 797B trucks — a utilization rate of nearly 93 percent.

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ISSUE 7: Doing things differently: Osisko Mining sets aggressive goals to be the best

The Canadian Malartic mine in Quebec is Canada’s largest open-pit gold mine, with the capacity to produce more than 600,000 ounces of gold every year. It’s also located in the heart of the Malartic community, which is why Osisko Mining Corporation chose to use local contractors and partnerships — including one with Cat dealer Hewitt Equipment Ltd. — to ensure that their mine is not only among the best at producing gold, but at benefiting the people who live and work nearby.

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ISSUE 7: Osisko: A benchmark in responsible mining

When Osisko Mining Corporation started planning to build a mine in the middle of the town of Malartic, achieving maximum production wasn’t the first goal — having a positive impact on the community was. That’s why the company has done everything in its power to control dust, cut emissions, reduce noise and provide jobs to local workers.

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ISSUE 6: Availability is key: CC&V demands consistent production from haulage fleet

Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Company employs around 350 workers on 12-hour shifts every day of the year, resulting in an impressive daily production of 163000 tonnes. But even the biggest workforce can’t produce without available trucks. AngloGold Ashanti (Colorado) Corp considered a number of trucks based on everything from body style to size to serviceability, and they decided on the reliable Cat® 793D — and even helped test the new Cat 793F.

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ISSUE 6: Field follow program tests new trucks in real applications

Caterpillar’s development process and proving ground give them industry-leading ability to test their new products, but there comes a time when the only way to learn is to see a machine in the real world. That’s where the company’s field follow program comes in — partnering with real operations to get on-site information about the machine’s performance. For instance, Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company in Colorado, USA helped test the 793F.

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ISSUE 5: Focusing on sustainability at MINExpo 2008: Caterpillar hosts global Health, Safety, Environment and Community Forum

MINExpo 2008 was an opportunity for the leaders of the mining industry and their customers to discuss their priorities, and the message was clear — health, safety, environment and community are at the top of the industry’s list. A number of the show’s educational sessions were dedicated to topics like waste management and air quality, as well as improving safety and reducing community impact. Mining companies also shared stories of their success in these areas so others could learn.

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ISSUE 5: Mining industry draws over 40,000 to MINExpo: Caterpillar presents show’s largest exhibit

In September 2008, the National Mining Association hosted their largest MINExpo event to date in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. With nearly 42,000 registered attendees and 1,300 exhibitors from all over the world, MINExpo 2008 allowed representatives from every aspect of the mining industry to show their products, technologies, people and services to the entire industry.

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ISSUE 4: Vale Inco’s Creighton mine: Digging deeper by the day

For more than 100 years, workers have been bringing up ore from the Creighton mine under the Sudbury area of Ontario, Canada. Today, Creighton is one of Canada’s deepest and most profitable mining operations. Existing infrastructure and strong reserves keep Creighton profitable, but operating nearly 2,500 meters underground is not without its unique challenges — and a collection of innovative solutions to meet them.

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ISSUE 4: The reclamation of Sudbury: The greening of a moonscape

The Sudbury area of Ontario, Canada has been producing ore for more than 100 years, and is also a regular tourist destination with dozens of scenic attractions and lakes. But in the 1970s, the now-beautiful landscape was regularly compared to the surface of the moon. Partnering with the Sudbury community and the Canadian government, mining companies Vale Inco and Xstrata have invested heavily in returning this once-desolate area to its former beauty.

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ISSUE 4: Mining fleet achieves 100,000 hours and beyond: People and processes are key

When the first Cat® 793A started operating at Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold’s Sierrita open-pit mine in 1991, nobody on site expected they’d be seeing that same truck hard at work more than 15 years later. But that truck is just one of five 793s at Sierrita with more than 100,000 hours of service time. According to Sierrita’s staff, the key is a proactive maintenance process and careful selection of operators.

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ISSUE 2: Asphalt reclamation paves way for efficient underground haulage

A well-maintained network of haul roads can be an important factor in determining a mine’s productivity. Potholes, dust and debris slow down trucks and can present safety hazards if left unchecked. By using cold mix asphalt paving more commonly used in surface highways, CVRD Inco was able to create a smooth and durable roadway for one of its underground truck fleets to increase safety and efficiency.

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ISSUE 1: Setting the pace for high production copper mining

With the right approach, even a low-grade mineral deposit can yield impressive results. Phelps Dodge earned its place as one of the world’s leading copper producers by efficiently turning low-grade deposits into high-production mines. Using a combination of technology, proactive maintenance practices and comprehensive monitoring, Phelps Dodge’s Morenci mine is able to produce 381,000 tonnes of coal annual from a deposit with a total ore grade of only 0.27.

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